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Eastern Rail Experience

8 Days Rail Tours

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Set out on this captivating historic rail route, taking you from Halifax through Quebec, Montreal, along the path of the mighty St. Lawrence river, and finally Toronto. Along the way you'll have lots of time to explore at your own pace. Jaw-dropping architecture, museums and stunning scenery are a-plenty. Board a VIA Rail train and make your way through rolling hills, being sure to see the sunset and sunrise from the comfort of your carriage. 


Day 1: Arrive in Halifax

Arrive at Halifax International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your Jonview Canada Travel Kit at the front desk as you check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to perhaps sample some of the local delicacies at one of the many portside restaurants. Spend 2 nights in Halifax.

Day 2: Halifax

A full day is yours to independently explore Halifax’s proud maritime heritage. The city is a centre for East Coast arts and culture, boasting galleries and local artists that capture the essence of Canadian Maritimes life. You may decide to visit the restored Historic Properties, the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18th-century, the Public Gardens, or perhaps arrange a day cruise around the harbour for an oceanside perspective of the city.

Day 3: VIA RAIL/The Ocean - Halifax to Sainte-Foy

Transferring independently to the Halifax rail station, board VIA Rail’s The Ocean and depart early afternoon on your rail passage to Sainte-Foy (lunch included). Wind across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before passing by the rolling hills of the Baie des Chaleurs. The evening offers long shadows over the landscape to accompany your delicious on-board dinner, and the rock and sway of the train ensures a restful sleep on your overnight journey. Overnight on board VIA Rail. (L/D)

Day 4: VIA Rail / The Ocean - Quebec City (Sainte-Foy)

The sun rises as you follow the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence River into Quebec City where you begin the next chapter of your holiday. Proceeding independently to your hotel and checking in, the rest of the day is yours to discover why this historic city draws thousands of visitors each year. We suggest visiting some of the most popular destinations and attractions such as the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale or the Basilica. Overnight in Quebec City (B).

Day 5: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Quebec City to Montreal

Departing on VIA Rail’s Corridor service to Montreal, follow the shoreline of Canada’s busiest waterway along the St. Lawrence River to arrive in the bustling metropolis of Montreal. As the second-largest French-speaking urban centre after Paris, the city is renowned for its love music, art and hospitality. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafes, or once the sun sets, sample the fine cuisine at one of hundreds of restaurants and perhaps take in a session at a lively jazz club. Spend 2 nights in Montreal.

Day 6: Montreal

Today, you will be going on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of Montreal. You will see numerous highlights, such as the Notre Dame Basilica, the financial and residential districts, historic Old Montreal, the charming Latin Quarter and much more. You'll visit the Olympic Complex, travel through the campus of McGill University, and savour the panoramic views from an observation point on top of Mont Royal.

Day 7: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Montreal to Toronto

Depart on your final rail journey, travelling through the small townships and communities of Quebec and Ontario en route to Canada’s largest city — Toronto. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take the rest of the evening to either enjoy the amenities of your hotel, or search out one of the city’s hundreds of restaurants and nightspots. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 8: End of tour

The time has come for some last-minute shopping as your tour comes to an end. Individually transfer to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in time to check in for your onward flight.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: this is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

Dates & prices

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Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada

Tour exclusions

  • International flights
  • VIA Rail upgrade to Business Class from Quebec City to Montreal and Montreal to Toronto, if required. Business Class offers at-seat meals including wine and hot and cold beverages, and complimentary newspapers.
  • Meals and attractions unless othewise stated
  • Transfers to/from train stations
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary 

Included activities

Tours listed in the itinerary.


Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Journey times

Please note due to long distances covered on some of the tours, there will be some days when the majority of the day will be spent on the coach, so just sit back and enjoy the view.

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.